One of my favorite towns on Maui was Makawao. According to about.com, one of the most popular rodeos in Hawaii occurs there on July fourth. “Paniolos” were the first cowboys in the United States. Long before there were cowboys in the Old West, paniolos came to Hawaii in the early 1800’s from Mexico to teach the Hawaiians how to herd cattle. We didn’t see much evidence of cowboys, but we did see some great boutiques and art galleries. . . .
A boutique called Collections is housed in an old garage.
You can see touches of the garage in the ceiling and doors:
They sell all kinds of stuff there, from handpainted chip clips. . .
to patchwork chairs,
hand towels with a message,
beautiful picture frames,
to brightly colored linens.
We really liked another boutique, but I’m sorry I didn’t take note of the name. I loved the lighting in this place:
Again, an eclectic selection.
No photos in the art galleries, of course, but I was happy with what I got.
I should mention that the drive to Makawao takes you through the Upcountry part of Maui where you can see rolling green foothills of the Haleakala volcano and the ocean at the same time:
A belated Happy Mother’s Day!
I like the lights in that place as well but many of those boutiques have things I like… They seem to have loads of different fabrics.
If I ever go again, I’m going to spend some serious time in fabric shops. I love vintage Hawaiian prints.
That is funny that the first cowboys were in Hawaii…I didn’t know that.
I didn’t either!
I’m not working this week and this is where I will be tomorrow. I hope it’s nice weather and I’ll make a few photos.
I almost made it to Montreux…the lake is so beautiful! I hope you have perfect weather, Caroline. Have a wonderful vacation.
I love the hand painted items. It makes everything feel so homey and personal instead of the generic stuff you get in most stores.
Exactly why I love places like this.
Those star lights are amazing! I want one – or five!
Funny how I never thought of Hawaii as a place where you could buy stuff like quilts and chip clips : )
They even have Costco. 🙂
How fascinating that the paniolos pre-date cowboys from the wild, wild west! I must, must, must get to Hawaii … it’s on the bucket list. Great photos, Carole, as always!
Thanks, Cheryl. If you like Florida, you will LOVE Hawaii.